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Washington State Park 'petroglyphs ' © Carol Cotter
Washington State Park Petroglyph Archaeological Site added 1970 - Site - 70000352 Also known as Archaeological Survey of Missouri Numbers 23-WA-1 23-WA-2 Address Restricted, Fertile Historic Significance Information Potential Area of Significance Art, Prehistoric Cultural Affiliation Mississippian Period of Significance 1499-1000 AD Owner State Historic Function Recreation And Culture Historic Sub-function Work Of Art Sculpture, Carving, Rock Art Current Function Landscape Current Sub-function Park
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WASHINGTON STATE PARK
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13041 State Hwy. 104
DeSoto, Missouri   63020

Phone: 636-586-2995
Toll Free: 800-334-6946
Reservations: 877-422-6766
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Washington State Park Petroglyph Archaeological Site added 1970 - Site - 70000352 Also known as Archaeological Survey of Missouri Numbers 23-WA-1 23-WA-2 Address Restricted, Fertile Historic Significance Information Potential Area of Significance Art, Prehistoric Cultural Affiliation Mississippian Period of Significance 1499-1000 AD Owner State Historic Function Recreation And Culture Historic Sub-function Work Of Art Sculpture, Carving, Rock Art Current Function Landscape Current Sub-function Park

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'top ofthe hill near petroglyphs'
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exposed limestone near top of hill by the stone carvings

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'Waterfall'

A frozen waterfall near the sport climbing and the old decommissioned bridge in Washington State Park Missouri.

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Just a small portion of the 1000 steps trail.

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The tiny wildflowers bloomed along the trail.

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'The Day Use Area on the Big River'
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Wading in the river, sun bathing and paddling the canoe are common.

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This was from a stone structure built on the 1000 steps trail.

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'Fun for the younger crowd.'
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Play area located in the Day Use Area adjacent to the Big River.

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'Entry to the Park North of De Soto'
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This way to the park.

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'The Overlook Area'
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A great view from the overlook area.

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'Petroglyphs'
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Graphics in the viewing area help explain the meaning of the symbols.

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'Washington State Park spelled backwards'
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The back of your bbq grill always reminds you of where you are.

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Trees budding with fresh spring growth.

Events
April 2
Twilight Trek and Taste
This event will begin with a lantern-led twilight hike on 1,000 Step Trail guided by park naturalist staff. At the end of the hike, guests will arrive at the historic CCC shelter where they will sample hors d'oeuvres provided by the park concessionaire, Missouri Park Adventures, from the on-site Thunderbird Cafe. Guests will also receive complimentary wine tastings from local wineries, including Edg-Clif Vineyards, Bardenheier Wine Cellars, LaChance Vineyards and Wild Sun Winery.

Reservations are required to attend this event and must be made by calling the park office at 636-586-5768. There are a limited number of spots available and reservations will only be accepted through Sunday, March 20.

This event is free to attend with additional purchases optional. All participants must be age 21 and over. The hike on 1,000 Step Trail is approximately 0.5 miles long on natural surface with some intermediate difficulty. Guests participating are asked to bring a flashlight or battery-operated lantern for the hike and to dress accordingly for this outdoor experience. To make a reservation or inquire about this event, please contact the park office. All events are weather and conditions permitting and subject to change.

Event times: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

April 30 - May 1
Wildflower Walk
Join Washington State Park naturalist staff for our seasonal Wildflower Walk on April 30 or May 1! Celebrate the peak of spring with a hike along the Big River flood plain. The trail is approximately 1.5 miles and your guide will point out the unique natural landscape of the park, featuring parts of 1,000 Step Trail. Dress accordingly for this outdoor experience. In the case of river flooding, the hike will start at the Petroglyph Site.

All events are weather and conditions permitting and subject to change.

Hike time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Location: Thunderbird Lodge

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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 3 Nice park but.... by Name
The park has nice looking camping spots and great trails, however the staff in the campground are less than desirable. If you're looking for a fun place to camp, go to one of the other parks nearby.
July 3 Close to St. Louis by CPS
Nice & clean. AC in cabins. Kids love the pool area and river for fishing. Close enough to St. Louis for a day trip.


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Nostalgic Place LLC - Arcadia, MOBBs / Inns
A romantic country inn located in historic Arcadia Valley Missouri. Only 80 miles from St. Louis, Nostalgic Place BB is the best Missouri romantic getaway. We are nestled in the St. Franois Range of the Missouri Ozark Mountains, the oldest mountain range in the United States.
34.5 miles from park*
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